Pancreatic cancer frequently presents with distant disease, present in approximately 50% of patients upon diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer with distant metastases upon diagnosis has a 5-year survival rate of less than 3%, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Pancreatic cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths. Early diagnosis is difficult because of nonspecific and vague symptoms.
The treatment of metastatic disease may incorporate many chemotherapeutic agents. First-line therapy guidelines across various oncology organizations overlap significantly but are not identical. Palliative measures, including pain control and biliary and gastric outlet stenting, should be considered, and other important modalities are additionally recommended.
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Cite this: Michael J. Pishvaian. Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment - Medscape - Sep 26, 2018.